Boston is Monday: *Pro Fields
The race is likely to be held in conditions that will make it a must-see tv event as the field likely will pack up in the expected 40F degree temps (4.5 Celsius) coupled with heavy rain and 20mph winds.
*NY Times Profile of Jelena Prokopcuka
*Washington Post Preview The WP is saying the race will have the "the worst weather in the history of the (race)" but from an elite's perspective we say 1976 was way worse as the temps were over 95F ( 35 celsius). LetsRun.com friend Jack Fultz won that year.
*IAAF Preivew of Race Which May Be Run in Monsoon
*Katherine Switzer Writes in NY Times About Being 1st Woman To Run Boston With A Bib 40 Yrs Ago
*Amerian Astronaut Will Run Boston From Space - She will start at the 10 am start time.
*Live on Versus Network, Eurosport and Supersport 10 am eastern
*Robert Cheruiyot Says He's Not 100% after Chicago Fall, But He Ran 2 Half Marathons Sub 1:01 bostonherald.com
*Kastor Just Wants the Win in Boston bostonherald.com
*Runners to Run Boston in Spira Shoes We hope Boston does not give them any prize money. But actually we think this is all bs pr for Spira anyway, as these guys aren't any good. As far as we can tell, none of the guys seem to be on the Boston website elite list.
*Nina Kuscsik a Pioneer in Women's Running
*Astronaut Suni Williams to Run Boston Marathon in Space as Same Time as Real Marathon Some physicist will have to explain how you run a marathon in Space to us.
*Deena Expecting Tough Challenge in Boston
*Deena Kastory Trying to Be 1st American Boston Winner Since 1985
Coverage from Boston Papers:
Boston Herald: *Toshihiko Seko to Throw Out 1st Pitch at Fenway on Sunday Seko won Boston twice. Plus 1953 Champ Keizo Yamada is running for the 13th straight year and the 1989 Champ Abebe Mekonnen is
in the master's race.
*The Earlier Start at Boston is Explained
*Weather a Big Concern in Boston
Boston Globe:Favorite Boston Marathon Stories from Boston Globe
*In Depth Look at John Kelley, Who Won Boston 50 Years Ago
Chasing Kimiba: Dieter Responds to an Uneducated Piece in the NY Times from last year Clearly, athletes from Kenya don't go to Boulder to isolate themselves.
*Final Kimbia Workout Video
Great Read: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect. Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.
Previous Boston News:
*Deena Kastor Ready to Try and Get an American Win in Boston USA Today
*Defending Champ and World Marathon Leader Robert Cheruiyot Ready for Boston Despite Headaches
*Dick Beardsley Recounted his Duel in the Sun with Alberto at the Hanson's Store Last Week In case you haven't read the book you can buy it here . Quick good read.
*Weather Warning for Boston Looks like we spoke too soon yesterday.
*Go for a Run with the Chasing Kimbia Guys in Boston Today, or Meet Them Saturday
*Boston Elite Field Uniform Guide
Video: Pete Gilmore Talks About Boston Marathon
Alan Webb Going for Drake Relays Mile Record in 2 Weeks
Wicksell, Daugher of First Sub 2:00 800m Runner in South Africa, and
American 1500m Man Ray Wicksell, Excelling at 400 in S. Africa
*A Look at Ray Wicksell He used to work for Nike in S. Africa and ran 3:43 while at Arizona State.
*Ray Wicksell Got Banned by IAAF for Competing in S. Africa in 1988
Business News: Hanson Brothers Sign MultiYear Agreement With Brooks
*Team Indiana Elite Formed Coach Robert Chapman is in charge. Message board thread here
*Bekele to Run PreClassic It's his first outdoor performance in the US.
*Help Encourage Disney to Make Endurance a DVD
Boston Less Than a Week Away: 438 lb Fat Ass to run Boston We'd sponsor this guy if he wasn't banditting the race as we think his website is pretty funny.
*Boston Weather Forecast: Perfectly Normal (or Cold and Rainy)
London Less Than 2 Weeks Away: Haile Gebrselassie Audio Interview: Haile Talks About the Upcoming Flora London Marathon
*New Athletics Coaching Forum The same guys did the interview above.
Nate Brannen Talks About Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile in Cambridge, Ontario
Tim Montgomery Pleads Guilty in Check Fraud Case, Expected to Get at Least a 3 Year Sentence Montgomery's case is a sad one. Once the fastest man in the world, now he is a drug cheat and a felon. Hopefully he can turn his life around when he gets out.
Boston Less Than a Week Away:
*Boston Marathon Preview from Kenyan Paper
*A Look at the IT Requirements
of the Boston Marathon No way do the computer requirements for the race really cost half a million.
Bearded Alan Webb Runs 3:57 in Cold/Windy Conditions To Be First Under 4 in South Carolina A nice crowd of 3,000 showed up at Furman to see history be made. Link has a nice photo of Webb's beard.
Abeylegesse Wins European Cup 10k IAAF
*Jo Pavey Rethinking Plans After Failing to Qualify for Worlds at 10k at European Champs BBC
Yohan Blake Runs 10.11 at CARIFTA Games IAAF
Borden Uptown 8k Simon Ndirangu Wins Again A week after winning the Carlsbad 5k, he runs 8:14 for his last 3k to win in 22:32 in snow (yes SNOW) in Dallas, easily outdistancing Juan Luis Barios and Richard Kipligat. Caroline Cheptanui won the women's race.
Exclusive LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
*Videos from Race Day
*An Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
*Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
*Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
*Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd Control at the World XC Champs
*The Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya
Bekele Is Defeated. Wejo has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd
was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder apparently. He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose. He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who won the women's race. *Results here.
*News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race
First Ever: Ask Wejo: High Mileage Training, Evil Stop Watches, the NCAA Season, and Ryan Hall Weldon answers your training questions on AT pace (whatever that is), 140 mile weeks, and the collegiate racing season. Plus confidence, overconfidence, Ryan Hall's race in
Jacksonville, and runners choking at NCAAs. All just an attempt to be more self-marketed than Dean K.
59:43 for RYAN HALL
Yep, sub 1 hour in the half marathon for an American on American soil on
a certified course. One of the best American distance performances ever
as Ryan Hall won the US Title, the Aramco Houston Half, picking up
$21,000, to become the 9th fastest ever on a record certifiable course.
from Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net
of the Race From the Flocast Guys Here
Photos Kip Keino Comes to Ithaca The
legendary Kip Keino came to Ithaca, NY, the east coast home of
letsrun.com. See photos of the event including Olympic champ Peter
Rono, Keino's son, Ian, and
LetsRun.com's Wejo, Rojo, and even JK.
Karnazes Profile in the LA Times Quotes from
LetsRun.com's Wejo, and message board poster, John
We share with you some of the classic emails from our site's visitors
and give you valuable knowledge at the same time. You'll read conclusive
proof Lance Armstrong dopes, learn AJ Acosta is not
as much an a**hole as you thought, and much more.
Legend Passes: "I
don't train never have. I don't think of running as training. I just
go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"-
Jack Foster of New Zealand, who
ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the
Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the
age of 72.
In case you
Todd Williams Hangs them up
In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m
runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of
running in general.
here, Part III
take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record
at 15k in 1995, the
same year he finished 9th
at World Cross Country.
isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted
that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would
have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of
self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train
with his body. He trains with his mind."
-Hicham El Guerrouj on
why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000
JK Speaks: Progressing
To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks
about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Maurer, in The Gift, not
only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the
deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes
such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The
Gift is one of the best running books
I have ever read. "
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson
a new Running novel,
Gift is now available from Amazon.com)
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is
given, much is
expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small
way in giving back to society."
world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after
founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
hamstring injury has healed and he
says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but
interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him,
formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com
Movie of All-Time: Fire on the
sitting on the results for months, we're proud
to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our
viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots
of Fire, or a
highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without
but rather a running documentary,
Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine
Story. Read all about the
voting and see
the 10 best running
movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.
Kenya is trying to come to America. I had
no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a
miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a
is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that
if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little
goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia
tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am
telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really
a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world
best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the
whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert
De Castella watched him run.
A Staff of
"Perhaps the most valuable gift from
Letsrun.com is a friendly
willingness to share lessons learned by their editorial staff, which
includes successful college coaches and highly competitive athletes. "
-Gary Droze, writing about
letsrun.com in the Tallahassee
Rottersdam/Paris Marathons Are Sunday
*Fortis Rottersdam Preview From Kenyan Perspective
End Is Near For Sonia O'Sullivan At 37, she admits its harder to train and Sunday's Great Ireland Run in Dublin may well be her last competitive road race of her career in her native Ireland. She still plans on racing a marathon in the next year before calling it quits.
Oil Oil Oil
Dubai Marathon To Feature $1 Million Purse and $1 Million World Record Bonus
List of Elite London Entries Rojo didn't realize Khannouchi was running
Mt Sac Shalane Flanagan Sets American 5000m Record (14:44.80) Shalane's fabulous 2007 season kicked off outdoors like it did indoors, with an American record. This time she took down drug cheat Regina Jacobs 5k record, (14:45.38) as Flanagan ran 14:44.80 thanks to a strong final k. And in the men's 5k, Juan Barrios won, but
4 American hit the World Championship "A" standard, led by Anthony Famiglietti who was 2nd in 13:11. (Ryan Kirkpatrick, Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal are the others) Fam's huge pr was less than a month after his American 8k win in NYC. Juan Barrios of Mexico won the men's 5k in a world leading 13:11.
*IAAF Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
*VIDEO: Flocast Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
*Scott Davis, Mt. Sac Meet Director is Calling it Quits as Meet Director God gave him another chance at life and being a meet director no longer is in his plans.
Sonia O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final Road Race BBC
Steve Riddick Fraud Case Gets Underway, His lawyer Accuses Tim Montgomery of Brokering Kilo Drug Transactions If true, Montgomery's case is getting sadder by the minute.
Devine Racing Still Trying to Tarnish Whatever Little Reputation it Still Has Left The way we read this article the checks have been in the mail for over a month as Devine still has not paid last year's prize money for the Salt Lake City Marathon (this year's race is next week). USATF also is a joke for continuing to sanction such an event. We need to start a section on here where you all can rate the
road races you run.
Amy Deem and Pat Henry to Coach US Teams at 2007 Worlds
Floyd Landis Loses Arbitration Ruling over Procedures in His Doping Defense
Accomplished track athlete/actor Roscoe Lee Browne dies
IAAF Pleased with How Kenya Hosted World XCs
Jordan Hasay Not Allowed to Run Open Mile at Mt. Sac Because of Stupid High School Rules High school officials rarely seem to get it right.
*Interview with Ray Treacy from RunProvidence.com A few of his runners are at Mt. Sac, (Wejo's favorite meet, although they have 70+ guys in one heat in the 10k this year. Weldon ran back in the pack of the slow heat there twice)
Former UK Athletics Performance Director Max Jones Named Director of Irish Athletics BBC
*Sonia O'Sullivan Praises Max Jones' Appointment
Villanova Ex Ryan Hayden Trying to Move up in Distance at Vancouver Sun Run 10k
Ladislav Pataki, Top Masters Thrower, Who Defected to US, Dies at 60
Edwin Soi Wins Giro Media Blenio International 10km in Switzerland over Micah Kogo Kogo ran 27:07 last weekend on the roads yet is out chasing the dollar again this weekend.
LetsRun.com Called Out: Sub 4 Hour Marathoners are A**holes "According
to research conducted by Lillian Smith, a sociologist at Berger-Smith
Junior College, in Errand, Iowa, 84-percent of runners who complete
marathons in under four hours are "complete dicks." Smith arrived at her conclusion after extensively reviewing reader comments on LetsRun.com."
*Steve Magness Talks About the Hate on LetsRun Steve, most people on here like you.
More Money Needed: Concerns on Effectiveness of LH, T/E Drug Testing
Good News: Montana State to Add Men's and Women's Track
All Great Runners are From Dallas: Emily Field Interview Supposedly she did 280 miles in a week. We're not so sure.
A Look at Gent Okken, the Surprise European 800 Champ
Spira Footwear Sues IAAF, USATF over AntiTrust Violation This company seems to be more of a joke than anything else. Every year around Boston they do something for publicity. Their lawsuit will make the IAAF rule quicker on whether to continue to ban their spring shoes.
Unseasonably cold weather was the storyhere and at Crescent City, but the weather was much worse in Austin. Olympian Michael Stember won the mile in 4:14 and Flotrack has a video on his comeback.
*Manzano Anchors Texas to DMR Win at Texas Relays in Horrible Weather With Small Crowd s
*Weather is the Story at Texas Relays IAAF
*Texas Relays Results, Quotes, Photos
Video: Flotrack Has videos of a Ton of Races
Recap of Arcadia High School Meet IAAF
*Arcadia High School Invite Results
Chinese Athletes Warned To Not Taint National Image With Doping Scandals
Old Mutual Two Oceans
Recap of Friday's Action at Texas Relays
Video Interview With Chasing Kimbia's Dieter Hogan
Zersenay Tadesse and Micah Kogo to Go After Gebrselassie's 10k Record at Great Manchester Run in May Kogo is an amazing talent who ran 27:07 last week and Tadesse is the World XC champ.
Should All Pro Sports Just Be Shut Down?
*Jan Ullrich DNA Linked To Doped Blood
*German Media Says It Best: "Jan Ullrich the Liar. German sport definitely loses one of its heroes"
In Depth Talk With USATF CEO Craig Masback from FloCast: 65 minutes with USATF's boss. At least watch it before you bitch . We haven't seen it yet but Mark of Flocasts says its good and its 3am.
*Part 2 Hardest Part of the Job
*Part 3: Poker (He'd better not knock our favorite sport)
*Part 4: TV
*Part 5: Future Goals
*Part 6: Beer, Gambling and Women
Drug Testing Guru Don Catlin to Step Down as Head of UCLA Lab to Dedicate More Time to Research Washington Post In case you haven't realized the real bottleneck in drug testing is on the research side,
so it might be better to have Catlin doing research full time. And until the pro sports or the Olympic movement get serious and pony up some serious cash ,there will be no HGH test, etc.
*Don Catlin Says Drug Testers Need More Money, Fortunately USADA is Loaning Him a Key Piece of Equipment
*Don Catlin Says Urine Test for HGH May Never
Drugs, Drugs, Drugs:
Balco II is Here
In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield are implicated along
with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of HGH on his private credit card.
*Longer Recap from Albany Times Union
*Doctors Reap Tons of Money
from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book
JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer
LetsRun.com Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US Cross Country
It was a momentous day in US
cross country history as 10,000 spectators poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic, showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a longshot.
*Splits from all the races
*LetsRun.com Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Great Flocast Videos:
*Men's Race *Women's
Photos: Women's Race Photos
(Other races coming soon)
Denver Post Coverage:
*Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
*Boulder Running Reputation Solid
*Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
*Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
Feels Right at Home
*Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
*LetsRun.com Boulder 2007 Preview No more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've got our prerace preview and picks.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Friday: Wejo in Boulder: The Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where people actually care.
and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile: In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for 2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
*Jorge Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
*Meb Keflezighi is Out
Wednesday: Alan and Shayne Culpepper Speak
Alan talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his professional
career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this weekend.
Tuesday: LRC Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why
she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and even letsrun.com.
*Deena Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper Racing more is the plan in 2007.
*Gouchers Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder
*Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better place.
Monday: LRC Ritzenhein Ready to Battle in Boulder One of the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder, his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall, his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon trials.
Upcoming: Interviews with the Culpeppers, the Gouchers,
Sara Slattery (who is now officially out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website) and the
forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles: Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his
wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message
boards. Read about their incredible story.